The Application Process

Applicants must be at least 12 years of age and completing Grade 7 in the year they wish to enter the Transition Program.

For example, for the 2024/2025 school year, applicants in Grade 7 must be turning 12 in 2024. Minimum age is 12 years and maximum age is 15 years.

Information Meetings

It is highly recommended that interested applicants attend an information session to learn of the Program outline, experiences and additional relevant information.

  • November 2, 2023 at 6 pm – Forest Sciences Building, Room 1005 (nearest parkade is B4 Lot)

  • January 10, 2024 at 6 pm – Scarfe Building, Room 100 (nearest parkade is West Parkade)   
    Click on the link to the live stream Info Session Transition Program for Gifted Students to join. This session will not be recorded and attendance in person is encouraged.


Admissions paused – no intake for 2024/2025.

The order applications are received has no impact on the applicant’s eligibility for the program. All applications will be evaluated on the same admissions criteria.

Large Group Assessments

Once the application package is received, applications are reviewed, and applicants are invited to complete a large group assessment. There will be two large group sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023
  • No session on Thursday, February 1, 2024

There is no advantage to the later group assessment date. There are two sessions in order to manage the large number of applicants to the Program. When the applicant participates in the large group assessment has no impact on the applicant’s eligibility for the program. 

Parents must be present at drop-off in order to sign an informed consent for the group assessment.


Please come to: 240D 1924 West Mall. The closest parking lot is Fraser River Parkade. Alternatively, parking is also available at West Parkade.

Please bring

  • Snacks and lunch
  • water bottle
  • pens and pencils
  • a book to read in the event you need to wait

Small Group Assessments

Upon completion of the large group assessments, potential candidates will be invited to complete small group assessments.

Small Group Assessments occur between the dates of November 2023 – February 2024. 

When the applicant participates in small group assessments has no impact on the applicant’s eligibility for the program. All applications will be evaluated on the same admissions criteria.

Applicants invited for small group assessments will be provided further instructions. Please note, only invited students will be contacted.

Placement Offer

 Admissions paused for the 2024/2025 school year.


Why do I have to be at least aged 12 to apply?

The Transition Program students who apply for university have UBC Senate approval to be enrolled at aged 14 should they be admitted. This is special consideration for the program and in partnership with UBC. All other students entering UBC must be a minimum age of 16.

Will I find out the results of the assessments?

No. Only applicants offered a placement and who accept will receive information about their formal assessment at the start of their first year. Should an applicant be offered a placement and decline, no results are shared.

What if I am interested in other programs?

Please keep your options open and apply for programs which meet your academic goals and interests. There are many options out there, including a variety of Mini School programs and special focus programs as well as private school education.

If I am not accepted, can I re-apply?

The response you receive after large group assessments will indicate whether or not your application will be held over to the following year for consideration. All applicants who complete small group assessments will have their applications reconsidered the following year.

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